OK, so I’m not really old (haven’t reached masters status quite yet) and it was a gnat, but really it was not a great way to start my run. About a quarter of a mile in, I inhaled a gnat. Now, I have a very sensitive gag reflex. I can start gagging just by thinking about having something in my throat. So, I’m running along, gagging on the stupid gnat, trying to cough it up or swallow it or something. Meanwhile, this is engaging the same muscles that get seriously stretched when you have kids and I’ve had two of them. So, I spent the first mile of my run trying not to throw up from the bug or pee myself (and still managed to run a 9:24 pace). Ahh, dignity.
Thankfully, as I approached the beginning of mile 2, the bug went away. I figured I’d better head home or I was gonna be in trouble, but then I realized Jones’ school was open. I ducked in there and took care of the other problem. The next three miles involved hills and fartleks, but went by quickly. (9:13, 8:32, 9:02) All in all, it was a decent run after the first mile.
We leave tomorrow evening for my parents house. I’m looking forward to it. It’ll be nice to chill with the boys and just relax. I also get to run two races with my dad and finally meet to online friends that I “met” when I was pregnant with Jones. They aren’t RBFs, but they are running mommies, so they are each running one of the races I’m doing. Cool, huh?
Don’t worry, my parents have high speed internet, so you’ll hear from me. ;o)